Monday, June 29, 2009

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - The Johnny Kidd Memorial Album & You Cheating Heart (2003)

One of England's top rock & roll outfits before the Beatles led the early-'60s Beat Boom, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates are best remembered today for one international rock classic ("Shakin' All Over") and as a seminal influence on several more famous groups, most notably the Who.Johnny Kidd (born Frederick Heath) had formed his first band, a skiffle group called the Five Nutters, in 1957. They quickly outgrew their skiffle roots and, after a short period fronting the Fred Heath Combo, he joined Alan Caddy (guitar), Tony Docherty (rhythm guitar), and Ken McKay (drums), in early 1958 in an outfit that was dubbed Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, who ... Read More...
The Johnny Kidd Memorial Album:

1. Shakin All Over 60 2. I Can Tell 3. Linda Lu 4. Lets Talk About Us 5. Hungry For Love 6. Ill Never Get Over You 7. So What 8. Please Dont Bring Me Down 9. Send For That Girl 10. Whole Lotta Woman 11. Please Dont Touch 12. Shop Around 13. I Want That 14. Doctor Feelgood 15. Restless 16. Shakin' All Over 65

Your Cheating Heart:

17. Your Cheating Heart 18. Longing Lips 19. Baby You Have Got What It Takes 20. Gotta Travel On 21. Weep No More, My Baby 22. Feelin 23. Jealous Girl 24. Its Got To Be You 25. The Fool 26. Dont Make The Same Mistake As I Did 27. Big Blon Baby 28. Then I Got Everything 29. A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 30. Magic Of Love

This CD combines two U.K. compilations on Johnny Kidd & the Pirates onto one disc, in a pretty handy CD — Memorial Album was a superb collection of Kidd's best released tracks plus a lost intended album side or two, while Your Cheatin' Heart was a lesser assembly of whatever was left over from that earlier platter; between the two there are a lot of A- and B-sides represented, all bracketed by Kidd's first and last singles. The material overlaps the EMI double-CD set of Kidd's complete output, although the selectivity employed on the two original releases may be to the liking of people just discovering Kidd's work, or who just want a collection of his best released sides — the annotation is a little sketchier than usual for BGO, especially in dealing with precisely who is playing, but the state-of-the-art sound is impressive and the assembly of the best A- and B-sides may well impress listeners who have never been persuaded of Kidd's worth or importance.


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